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Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.


Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.

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Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another man's observation, not overturning it.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) British politician, poet and critic.

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.